Design and Operation of Hybrid Multi-Terminal Soft Open Points using Feeder Selector Switches for Flexible Distribution System Interconnection [article]

Matthew Deakin, Phil C. Taylor, Janusz Bialek, Wenlong Ming
2022
Distribution systems will require new cost-effective solutions to provide network capacity and increased flexibility to accommodate Low Carbon Technologies. To address this need, we propose the Hybrid Multi-Terminal Soft Open Point (Hybrid MT-SOP) to efficiently provide distribution system interconnection capacity. Each leg of the Hybrid MT-SOP has an AC/DC converter connected in series with a bank of AC switches (Feeder Selector Switches) to allow the converter to connect to any of the feeders
more » ... at a node. Asymmetric converter sizing is shown to increase feasible power transfers by up to 50% in the three-terminal case, whilst a conic mixed-integer program is formulated to optimally select the device configuration and power transfers. A case study shows the Hybrid MT-SOP increasing utilization of the converters by more than one third, with a 13% increase in system loss reduction as compared to an equally-sized MT-SOP.
doi:10.48550/arxiv.2201.05817 fatcat:rwtv4admbbapzeyjeofi5ypxlq